Kick: The True Story of Kick Kennedy, JFK?s Forgotten Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth

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The remarkable life of the vivacious, clever – and forgotten – Kennedy sister, who charmed the English aristocracy and was almost erased from her family history.

Kick was Joe Kennedy’s favourite child and Jack’s favourite sister. Spirited, vivacious and quick-witted, her charm was legendary and with her jokes, effervescence and ease of manner she became a star amongst friends, family and the press.

When Kick sailed to Britain in 1938 after her father had been appointed US Ambassador in London she was presented at court as a debutante, attended all the best parties and was a house-guest at the finest country estates. She was described as ‘the best thing America ever sent us’.

Kick was not conventionally beautiful, but men swarmed around her. As she mingled with aristocrats, politicians, writers and artists, everyone was drawn to her refreshing lack of stuffiness. To her the Duke of Marlborough was ‘DukieWookie’ and she taught her aristocratic friends to say in an American drawl, ‘Oh, Kid what’s the sto-o-ory’. Even the anti-American Evelyn Waugh was bewitched.

As the clouds of war gathered, Kick met a shy, tall, handsome man called Billy and against the wishes of her powerful family, she married him. He was William Cavendish, heir to the Duke of Devonshire and the Chatsworth estate, the most eligible bachelor in England. But their days of married bliss proved short. War brought tragedy and loss.

In this book, which is as lively and vivacious as its subject, best-selling author Paula Byrne uses recently released documents to tell for the first time this cinematic story of the meeting of American and British aristocracy – the Kennedys, the Devonshires, their friends such as the Churchills, Astors and Mitfords, the social whirl of pre-War life, Kick’s work for the Red Cross and as a journalist – and the religious tension that arose from her marriage to Billy.

She kicked against family, faith and country. She was a rebel to the end – which came all too soon, when she was just 28. This wonderful book restores her story at last with all its energy, wit and tragedy.

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‘Byrne conjures such a vivid portrait of her enchanting heroine that one almost feels deprived never having met her’ Daily Mail, Book of the Week

‘Byrne is engagingly smitten with her subject ... Sentence by sentence, the book is a joy: a fresh take on the exceedingly well-worn theme of the Kennedy family. Byrne recounts the dramas of the end of her life with great pace and a poignancy that is all the more affecting for not being overdone’ Guardian

‘Byrne does a fine job rescuing Kick from undeserved obscurity, providing an important chapter to the story of this dazzling doomed dynasty’ The Times

‘Sparkling ... fast-paced ... transfixing’ Sunday Times

‘An exciting, heartbreakingly tense love story’ Kirkus Review

‘Written with panache ... as engaging as its subject’ Sunday Express

‘A fun-loving American charms the English aristocracy with her wit and sangfroid, overcoming prejudice to win the heart of London’s most eligible bachelor ... Paula Byrne ... recaptures her brief but fascinating story’ Vogue

‘This very sad story is at the heart of Paula Byrne's excellent biography ... supported by impressive research’ Financial Times

‘Sympathetic and faced-paced ... Byrne’s portrait of the Kennedy’s at home is transfixing’ Sunday Times

‘A compelling biography ... Byrne is to be commended for handling the formidable task with aplomb. She has produced a lively work ... allowing [Kick’s] warmth, charisma and legendary vitality to shine through’ Country Life

‘Absolutely enthralling ... Paula Byrne's narrative is deceptively easy and fluid cleverly belying the enormous weight and variety of her resource material’ Irish Independent

‘An exhilarating portrait of a woman who deserves a place in history’ Stellar Magazine

About the Author:

Paula Byrne was born in Birkenhead. She is the critically acclaimed and best-selling author of ‘Perdita’, a Richard and Judy book-club pick and a best-seller, ‘Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead’ and most recently ‘The Real Jane Austen’. She is married to the academic and author Jonathan Bate and lives in Oxford.

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